One of the most difficult challenges in homes, communities, and educational settings is teaching children basic character values that are so desperately needed in today's society. Escalating social-emotional problems have caused our youth to struggle with:
- Peer Pressure
- Social Media
- Problem Solving
- Decision Making
As a consequence, we live in a world that has become less kind. Here are just a few statistics that pose great risk to our children:
- There is a measurable dip in empathy among today's youth. Teens are now 40 percent lower in empathy levels than three decades ago, and in the same period, narcissism has increased 58 percent.
- There has been a clear increase in peer cruelty. Youth bullying has increased 52 percent in just four years (2003-2007) and bullying can now be evidenced in children as young as three. Cyber-bullying has tripled within a single year.
- The plugged-in, high-pressure culture is leading to a mental health epidemic among young people. One in five youth meets the criteria for a mental disorder in their lifetime. Teen stress is now at higher levels than that reported by adults.
The Two by Two® approach assumes an optimistic view of life with the goal to inspire change, build core values, and generate positive environments in educational settings, families, and communities through social-emotional learning.
1 Four reasons take from Borba, Michele, Ed.D. Unselfie-Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (2016), p. xv-xvi